Saturday, November 8, 2008

New Soundtrack is here: Autumn Cricket Song

Hey fans of nature sounds,

As promised earlier, I have delivered the goods and released a new nature sound based on my recent Autumn recordings. It is called "Autumn Cricket Song", and is a mellow recording of a chirping cricket or two on a balmy late October afternoon. You may be saying, "But you already have a recording of crickets in 'Summer Meadow'". You'd be right, but this one is different, because if you compare the two, "Autumn Cricket Song" is much less "busy", as the insects are well past their peak activity by October, and are just hanging on to those last few warm days before the frost sets in and sends everyone home for the year. The new recording is thus more spacious, with more "breathing room" and no insects flying about across the soundscape. Some might find it a more sedate alternative to "Summer Meadow" for relaxation, meditation, or sleep.
This may be the last soundtrack I release this season, since my other Autumn recordings were overloaded with too much wind noise and so I didn't find that they'd have much listening value for anyone but the most die hard fans...of wind noise. I mean, we're not talking wind noise as in the sound of wind softly blowing through tall grass or branches (which would be quite relaxing actually). This is the sound of wind blowing through leaves so hard that all you hear on a recording is a sheet of plain white noise with no definition, no dynamic range, and very little variation. Really not very "natural" sounding at all.
Recording season may be coming to an end, with Autumn chugging along as it is. The weather has been mild lately, which does mean that birds and insects will be active for a little while longer, but hunting season has begun, which makes a nature recordist's job all the more tricky! Not only do the sounds of gunshots from miles away rudely insert themselves into our recordings at inopportune times, but now we have to live in constant fear of being mistaken for game as we go tiptoeing furtively through state forests wearing cryptic woodland colors. See, the paradox of this time of year is that to minimize detection by forest creatures, which we would like to discreetly record if possible, we dress and act in a manner that also puts us at risk of not being properly detected and identified as humans by other humans. And when those other humans are carrying guns and have the intention of shooting some of the aforementioned forest creatures, you can see how the situation can quickly turn ugly. So the bottom line is that it's best if I stay indoors for a while.
And that's okay, because it will give me a chance to work on some of those meditation podcasts that I mentioned in my last post.

Back to soundtracks for relaxation, meditation, and hypnosis.


  1. I am wondering how is this possible? Can you explain more details in your blog post. It will be more useful. Thanks

  2. Equity Release, I'm not quite sure what you're asking for here. Details of what, exactly?


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